Great Exhibition “Wot is to Be” or probable results of the industry of all nations in the year ‘51: showing what is to be exhibited, who is to exhibit it; in short, how its all going to be done by Vates Secundus (who can see thro’ a stone wall as well as his neighbours.)

By: SALA, George Augustus

Price: £1,250.00

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Oblong panorama, on 23 panels [complete] comprising full-page hand-coloured view (forming front pastedown) and two long continuous strips of hand-coloured satirical sketches (one above the other), on several conjoined sheets, several folds reinforced on verso, folded into original cloth, upper cover with hand-coloured engraved pictorial title label (rubbed and browned). The whole extending to 5,520 mm. An outrageous survey of fictional exhibits at the Great Exhibition of 1851, produced in the preceding year. A cheaper, uncoloured, version was also issued. The long procession of the arts and manufactures of various nations includes: a man naked save for spurs, tricorn hat, and nose ring, dubbed "A specimen of the Costume of the Sandwich Islands, a chief will attend in full dress"; Lord Palmerston appearing as Cupid; images of cannibals in New Zealand exhibiting "specimens of the art of cookery in that remote region"; caricatures of Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo, and Alexis Soyer; and an image of a slave and slave owner with a cat o'nine tails.

Title: Great Exhibition “Wot is to Be” or probable results of the industry of all nations in the year ‘51: showing what is to be exhibited, who is to exhibit it; in short, how its all going to be done by Vates Secundus (who can see thro’ a stone wall as well as his neighbours.)

Author Name: SALA, George Augustus

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Publisher: The Society for Keeping Things in Their Places, 1850.:

Seller ID: 40288